Social work, as an applied discipline and profession, requires emphasis upon planned field experience as a vital component of the educational process. Students spend between 600 and 1000 hours in field placements, under the supervision of agency-based field instructors. During the months of placement, students tend to confront predictable periods of challenge and experience similar needs as they navigate the developmental processes inherent in professional field education.
St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas School of Social Work field placements are designed to involve the student, field instructor, and field faculty liaison in a partnership of preparation for social work practice. By arranging field placements concurrent with classroom activity, students have the opportunity to integrate theoretical learning under the guidance of experienced professionals. Support and resources are provided to enhance the quality of field instruction for all individuals involved.
Field education combines agency-based learning with integration of theory and knowledge through a concurrent, on-campus seminar. The field placement process is a professional development experience, offering students opportunities to explore a range of practice settings.